No matter where you go, the mere mention of Barbie elicits a reaction. People are passionate, persuasive and just plain get personal about their Barbie story. How could a doll get so much air time?  Barbie is more than a doll. She is a major part of pop culture.  Several times, her Dream House and dreamy life have been a storyline for skits on NBC's “Saturday Night Live”– the ultimate barometer of what’s culturally relevant.

Barbie has gone head-to-head with Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson– Hollywood’s hottest starlets– in People magazine’s “Who Wore It Best?” section. She’s also been a “Project Runway” challenge and even a commentary topic for Dan Rather on “CBS Evening News."

In the virtual world, Barbie is virtually unstoppable and highly social. With 7+ million Facebook likes and 150,000+ Twitter followers – and also highly popular on Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and her own blogBarbie is everywhere girls of all ages are today.

So, how does Barbie stay on the “What’s Hot” list?  Barbie is in tune, in time and always in fashion.

Breaking up is hard to do, even for Barbie. In 2004, after more than 43 years together, Hollywood’s quintessential “doll” of a couple, Barbie and Ken, decided to spend some time apart. After seven long years, on February 14, 2011 Barbie and Ken announced that they were officially a couple again. Barbie finally “said yes” on the most romantic day of the year, making Ken her boyfriend once again.

You know you’ve made it onto the cultural map when you’re a staple storyline on “Saturday Night Live.”  Barbie has also been parodied by her fair share of TV commercials, primetime cartoons, late night talk shows and celebrity gossip magazines.

A celebrity in her own right, Barbie has also inspired Tinseltown, with several A-list celebrities joining the ranks to be immortalized in Barbie doll’s sculpt and name. Supermodel Twiggy was the first celebrity to join Barbie doll’s family in 1967 and since then, the list has included: Heidi Klum (shown here), Faith Hill, Lucille Ball, Barbra Streisand, Farrah Fawcett and Cher.

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